On days when I work, dinner is one of two things: 1) lentil stew I made early in the day and refrigerated or 2) anything I can find for me, and then something impromptu for my parents. I’m usually starving after of three hours with six-year-olds in a pool, teaching swimming lessons, and if I haven’t made anything I’m liable to eat breakfast food, like cereal or banana and peanut butter toast the second I walk in the door, which I did today, and then promptly realized that I had no clue what I was going to make for my dad. After rooting through the fridge on a hunt for ingredients I decided on what I wanted to make: Chicken and Broccoli Casserole.
I’d never made one before, and I’m in a let’s not use a recipe, let’s make this up as we go along phase, so I searched around the internet for about five minutes until I had enough general knowledge, and then set to work making my own recipe however I felt like making it. It was super easy, and turned out really well. My dad loved it! It’s enough to feed two people, or one really hungry dad, and can be very easily doubled, tripled, or how-ever-many-led, to accommodate for more mouths to feed.
- 2 (small-ish) boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
- 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 2 cups of broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan
Preheat oven to 400 F, and spray a small casserole dish with non-stick spray.
Cut chicken into small cubes and season with salt and pepper, and fry in a pan with a little oil or nonstick spray until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Meanwhile, stir flour and broth together in a small sauce pan until well mixed, and then bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Once bubbles form, continue whisking until it’s thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, and then remove from heat and stir in salt and pepper to taste. Add the cheddar and mix until melted.
Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the broccoli florets and chicken, and toss to coat. Spread the mixture into the casserole dish, and evenly sprinkle on the bread crumbs and the parmesan.
Bake, covered in foil, in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until bubbling, then remove the foil and turn on the broiler in your oven, and continue to cook for 4-5 minutes to brown the top. Remove from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes or so, then serve!